According to the White House, Moscow and Tehran are considering establishing a joint production line for lethal drones; Russian government denies
John Kirby, White House National Security Spokesperson, spoke to reporters about alleged cooperation between Iran and Russia.
You United States expressed, this Friday, the 9th, concern about a “large-scale military association” between the Russia it’s the Will, describing it as “detrimental” to Ukraine, Iran’s neighbors and “the international community”. Iran is accused by Western powers of supplying Russia with drones for the war against Ukraine, as Moscow bombs the country’s energy infrastructure in search of an advantage in the conflict. Washington has condemned security cooperation between Iran and Russia in the past, but on Friday it described an extensive relationship involving equipment such as drones, helicopters and fighter jets. “Russia looks forward to collaborating with Iran in areas such as weapons development, training,” White House National Security Spokesperson John Kirby told reporters. Moscow “is offering Iran an unprecedented level of military and technical support that is transforming their relationship into a full-fledged defense partnership,” he added. “We have also seen reports that Moscow and Tehran are considering establishing a joint production line for lethal drones in Russia. We urge Iran to reverse course and not take these steps.”
Moscow’s envoy to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, rejected the claims. During a Security Council meeting, he stated that the “military-industrial complex in Russia can work perfectly well and needs no help from anyone.” Still according to Nebenzia, claims about drones have already been refuted several times before. Kirby also stated that the United States will sanction “three Russian-based entities” involved “in the acquisition and use of Iranian drones”. The sanctions are aimed at Russian aerospace forces, the State Center for Unmanned Aviation No. 924 and the Military Transport Aviation Command. “The United States will continue to use all tools at its disposal to stop these transfers and impose consequences on those engaged in these activities,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. In October, Tehran admitted to sending drones to Russia but insisted the equipment was provided before the invasion of Ukraine. Kirby said the United States is also concerned that Russia “is intent on providing Iran with sophisticated military components,” including helicopters and air defense systems.
*With information from AFP
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